Nils

2021
Authors:

Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Nils

A loving tale of a boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy while also embracing his Norwegian heritage

Nils is the story of an American boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy and the handmade gift he receives from his grandmother in Norway—as well as the teasing he endures at school. Beautifully illustrated, it depicts the landscapes near their New England home that inspired the authors and gently encourages first-generation immigrants to celebrate their family heritage.

Nils is a lanky American boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy. One day a package arrives from his grandmother in Norway: she has sent him a pair of stockings she knit herself. Nils is excited to wear his stockings to school—only to be teased by the other children and embarrassed by his new gift. He later gets the last laugh one snowy day when the other boys at school shiver in the cold while he is warm, wearing his lovely stockings. Beautifully illustrated, Nils depicts the landscapes near their New England home that inspired the authors and gently encourages first-generation immigrants to celebrate their family heritage and unique traditions.

Nils

Known for their vibrant and imaginative interpretations of Scandinavian folklore, Greek and Norse mythology, and American history, the books of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire have entertained readers for more than seventy-five years. They received the Caldecott Medal for Abraham Lincoln and were awarded the Regina Medal for their distinguished contribution to children’s literature. Their books Children of the Northlights, Ola, Leif the Lucky, and d’Aulaires’ Book of Norwegian Folktales are also published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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